When Monsanto and Bayer opened a chemical plant on a 270-acre tract of land in 1954, situated along the Ohio River in New Martinsville, West Virginia, no one was expecting the worst. America was in the middle of a growth spurt, so to speak; houses were springing up everywhere and the post-war baby boom meant a thriving economy in most portions of the country.
New technologies of all sorts produced interesting new products that made life easier for the average American.Mobay Chemical Asbestos Contamination – bridge at the so-called Mobay chemical site in New Martinsville they made polyurethane. As a matter of fact, this plant was the first in the country to produce that material. In addition, Mobay was also one of the suppliers of the dioxin-contaminated 2,4,5-T used to produce Agent Orange, sprayed in the campaign known as Operation Ranch Hand (1962-1972) in Vietnam.
Mobay would eventually grow in size and would occupy more than 1,000 acres in this not-so-big West Virginia town, employing scores of locals who were proud of their work and reveled in the good pay and exemplary benefits it provided. But by 1984, the plant and the area around it had become an EPA Superfund site…and things were no longer looking quite so rosy.
The Mobay chemical plant, solely owned by Bayer Corporation since the mid 1970s, has – over the years – posed many health risks for countless individuals including not only those who worked at the plant but also those who lived and worked near the plant.
Real estate around the site included an elementary school and a hospital as well as countless homes, and the EPA still touts concerns about the water quality in the area, making a lot of people very uncomfortable. As a result, things aren’t so good in New Martinsville these days, with more than 20 percent of the town’s population living below the poverty level.
New Martinsville, WV Mobay Chemical Site Teeming with Toxins
In addition, many of Mobay’s former employees are sick. It’s hard to put a finger on all the possible toxins that may have affected the health of these workers, but asbestos is a definite culprit. Asbestos products were everywhere inside and outside of this New Martinsville, West Virgina chemical plant, and workers encountered it on a regular basis.
Back in the days when asbestos was popular – from about the 1940s until the late 1970s – these chemical plant workers thought nothing of handling these materials with their bare hands and without benefit of protective masks.
They never realized that errant asbestos fibers could become airborne and could be inhaled, lodging inside their bodies until tumors eventually formed, usually decades later. The result would be a diagnosis of mesothelioma, and many former Mobay workers would be dead within a year of that diagnosis.
In such instances where workers are exposed to asbestos on the job, it is often discovered that plant owners or managers knew of the dangers of asbestos yet did nothing to warn workers about these hazards.
As a result, individuals who worked in places like the Mobay Chemical site in New Martinsville have already been successful in filing suit against companies who may have caused negligent exposure to asbestos, resulting in the untimely deaths of many innocent victims.
If you are a former Mobay employee or you know one who has been sickened by asbestos exposure, take time to investigate the possibility of instigating a lawsuit against the company or the manufacturers of products that contained toxic asbestos. Schedule a meeting with a local West Virginia-area attorney for more information.